Ebook Revolution

Lessons Learnt From Fiction Unboxed

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This is how successful indie authors do it y’all!   Welcome to the first video in my little vlogging experiment, where I break apart the Fiction Unboxed writing series presented in June by the guys from the Self-Publishing Podcast, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David Wright. This course, which I had the pleasure of taking part in live, shows writers the processes Sean, Johnny and David used to create over 1.5 million words last year. Just a disclaimer, I am […]

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The Grand Vlogging Experiment

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Some of you may have recently noticed my blogging schedule has gone a bit off the rails. When I say a bit, I mean it’s kamakazied off a bridge and exploded. The reason for this is a basic one, if I spend 2-4 hours of time creating a blog post, my writing is done for the day, I have no creative writing juice left. So you can imagine that the past six weeks MIA has been because I’ve focused solely […]

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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep 17: Blurb on Self-publishing Illustration, Photo & Graphic Heavy Coffee Table Books

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While Independent publishing has opened the way for thousands of authors to quit their day job to write and make a living from their ebooks there is still one area that indies are find it hard to crack, and that’s print books with colour illustrations and photos. This puts some authors, in particular those who write children’s books, graphic novels, comic books or books that require colour photographs to help illustrate a story, at a disadvantage. It’s not that there […]

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How To Include Indigenous Characters In Your Story When You’re A White Man

Including Indigenous characters into novels has always been a sensitive area, many indigenous cultures across the world have been exploited, victimized and misrepresented by historians and writers who see the exotic and think to claim and alter culture to suit their plot. However, if the world went the other way and authors avoided writing about characters of ethnicity different to them, I feel like it would be sweeping cultural differences, challenges, diverse stories and history under the rug. Avoiding things […]

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Balancing Fact & Fiction – Helen Carey’s Top Tips For Historical Novelists

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One of the hardest lines to walk as an author is the fact/fiction line. How much detail has to be ‘real’? When is it ok to throw the research to the winds? At what point is the research you’re doing, too much? I know I’ve gotten caught in the ‘research’ cycle before, where I couldn’t move forward because I had to find out some tiny detail, like the number of neon signs in Times Square.  Today’s guest post is from […]

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Making Friends With The Locals – Building A Relationship With Your Local Librarian/Bookseller & Hosting Author Events

 Welcome to the final post for the E-book Revolution website relaunch! You may be the best book marketer in the world, but in the end marketing all boils down to the one thing – getting people to hear about your book via word of mouth. Because let’s face it, we were taught not to trust strangers when we were little, that’s not going to change when we are adults. Readers are more likely to take the recommendation of someone they […]

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The E-book Revolution – What It Means To Authors & Sales

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Today’s guest poster is the fiercely intelligent Hugh McGuire, who has been involved in the creation of tools and software aiding the E-book Revolution since 2009. It’s all well and good to look at the numbers of Hugh Howey’s data scrape, or the predictions of traditional publishing sales data analysts, but if you don’t look at them in the context of where the digital and ebook publishing phenomena has come from, and how it has evolved, you cannot make informed decisions […]

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How To Create Your Own Anthology (Or Small Press!)

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Recently I’ve been finding that my lack of published ‘short fiction’ has been holding back various grant applications and offers to teach fiction workshops. Which is why I’ve been looking at anthologies, in particular anthologies with other independent authors. Anthologies are a great way not only to get your work out there (without slaving for months in creation), of gaining credibility and publishing ‘credits’ and of tapping into the networks of your fellow collaborators, who collectively might be able to […]

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